Schemion Wins Partouche Main Event, O’Brien 4th
After a mixed week of highs and lows on and off the felt, German Ole Schemion will go down in history as the final Partouche Poker Tour main event champion.
Schemion, who moved to the top of the chip counts near the end of Day 3, outlasted a final table of six today in Cannes to cap things off and earn €1,172,850, or roughly $1.5 million USD.
Schemion defeated Russian Karen Sarkisyan heads-up for the win, although Sarkisyan's runner-up prize of just under $900,000 likely eased his disappointment.
With the announcement of the end of the Partouche Poker Tour for good earlier in the week, Schemion joins Alain Roy, Jean-Paul Pasqualini, Vanessa Selbst and Sam Trickett as the only players to claim a PPT main event championship.
O'Brien, Smith Top Americans
Australian Aaron Lim finished third while American Dan O’Brien, well known as a commentator for the WPT live stream and backed by PokerStars pro Jason Mercier, was the top North American finisher in fourth.
Lim earned €417,499 for third while O’Brien took €341,991.
O'Brien, who was second in chips with 14 players left but dropped to the second-shortest stack entering the final table, couldn't gain much momentum but did move up a spot for his cash.
Marcello Marigliano from Italy and Fabrice Touli from France were the first to be eliminated at the final table.
Fellow American Dan Smith, now widely considered one of the best No-Limit Hold’em tournament players in the world, bubbled the final table yesterday and finished in seventh for €179,496.
The final nine players and their official payouts:
- 1. Ole Schemion Germany €1,172,850
- 2. Karen Sarkisyan Russia €693,494
- 3. Aaron Lim Australia €417,499
- 4. Dan O'Brien USA €341,991
- 5. Marcello Marigliano Italy €267,492
- 6. Fabrice Touil France €223,498
- 7. Dan Smith USA €179,496
- 8. Romero Gomila Spain €139,499
- 9. Tom Alner UK €105,404
Partouche Poker Tour No Longer
A dramatic week in Cannes has come to close and with it, as of now, comes the end of the Partouche Poker Tour.
Launched in 2008, the PPT was a favorite for hundreds of players who convened in Cannes for the generally soft field and a shot at the €1 million first-place prize.
Increasing its prize pool every year since its inception, the PPT ran into trouble this year due to a marketing snafu that saw several advertisements carry an official €5 million guarantee.
When the 573-player turnout left the prize pool short about €700k, PPT founder Patrick Partouche initially refused to provide the overlay and claimed the €5m was never guaranteed.
In a passionate speech at the beginning of Day 3 Partouche also decided, in light of the accusations of false advertising, this year would be the last-ever PPT.
He later reversed his position on the prize pool and did honor the guarantee, but said he would not go back on his word to end the event for good.